Legislator Ruth Walter has drafted a proposed local law requiring all gun dealers in Westchester County to post signage intended to warn customers of the dangers ownership of a gun poses near the point of sale.
The purpose of the bill is, “To better inform potential buyers of firearms in Westchester County of the dangers of owning a gun in the home, which can lead to accidental discharge, preventable suicide, unintended death of a child, other household members, or death during a domestic dispute.”
Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson has introduced RES 1737-2021 to the Public Safety Committee. The resolution calls upon the Senate to pass universal background checks bill H.R.8.
Some rumor-mongering at the Times Union:
“… A recent Times Union story about who might run for governor in 2022 included many possible entrants for the Democratic nomination. One name not included: Westchester County Executive George Latimer. Former state Sen. Terry Gipson, a Democrat who served in the Senate with Latimer, wrote in to say that Latimer should definitely be considered … Gipson, who has been encouraging Latimer to run for governor, noted Westchester County under Latimer passed several progressive measures before state government eventually acted on them …”
Latimer has a proven antigun record in the state legislature and in Westchester County.
That being said, the best opportunity for 2A activism may be during a Democrat primary and in that case it would be to push aside an even worse candidate as opposed to supporting a pro-gun one. That is the reality of gun politics in New York. Sitting by and doing nothing is not an option.
The Greene County Legislature passed RES 149-2021 at their last meeting calling for Gov. Cuomo to veto the gun industry liability bill A-6762B/S-7196.
This is at least the 3rd municipality to do this. Unfortunately I don’t think it Cuomo will be persuaded by this.